More than 500 Expected for Closing Ceremony

MCOE Migrant Education Region XVI Junior Otter Program Concludes Friday, July 28. 

Monterey County Office of Education

Leadership, Support and Service to Prepare All Students for Success

Dr. Deneen Guss, County Superintendent of Schools

More than 500 Expected for Closing Ceremony

More than 500 Expected for Closing Ceremony

Tuesday, Jul 25, 2017

Contact: Jessica Hull / Communications and Public Relations Officer  831.784.4245 (o), 209.679.4858 (c)

Dr. Ernesto Vela / Senior Director, Migrant Education Program  831.755.6401 (o)

Carl Del Grande / Principal, Migrant Education Program  707.616.7912 (c)


Salinas, Calif. – The Monterey County Office of Education Migrant Education Program Region XVI, California State University Monterey Bay and El Teatro Campesino will host its Migrant Education Student Academy Junior Otters closing ceremony on:

Friday, July 28, 2017 from 8:30 a.m.- 2:30 p.m.

University Ball Room, California State University Monterey Bay

MCOE Migrant Education Region XVI, in partnership with CSU Monterey Bay, El Teatro Campesino and the California Mini-Corps Program, collaborates annually to run the annual Junior Otters summer academy for migrant students entering grades 4th through 8th. The award-winning program focused on STEAM (science-technology-engineering-art and math) and an enrichment component that introduces students to university campus life and fine arts, including theater, music, drama, dance, art and video editing.

“This year’s Closing Ceremony will provide an opportunity for parents to observe the academy and participate in a variety of Parent Workshops in the morning,” said Carl Del Grande, Principal. “Following the annual BBQ, parents and community will visit the World Theater to view our student performance.”

“Junior Otters is an outstanding opportunity to expose students to the university environment and provide access to performing arts and technology programs. For some of these students it’s the first time they are introduced to college life,” said Dr. Nancy Kotowski, Monterey County Superintendent of Schools.

The Junior Otter program is one of MCOE’s Migrant Education Program Region XVI Migrant Education Student Academies, also known as MESA. These academies are conducted throughout the school year and provide academic remediation supplemented with a variety enrichment activities. The MESA Junior Otter's Academy is a recipient of the prestigious California School Board Association's Golden Bell Award for excellence in collaboration.


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